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Birthplace of General Louis Botha

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The monument marking the spot where General Louis Botha was born

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Louis Botha was born at this spot near Greytown on 27th September 1862. He was one of 13 children.

His early military career included him leading a group of Boer soldiers who supported Dinuzulu in his battle against Zibhebhu.

Accommodation in nearby Greytown

In 1897 he became a member of the Transvaal parliament.

Botha fought in the Second Boer War and was promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Transvaal Boers.

In 1907 he became Prime Minister of Transvaal and in 1910 he became the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa.


References and further reading

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 231

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